The Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act is a deliberate affront to our self-respect as a people. We’ve been ignored, disregarded, slighted, neglected, patronised and overlooked too many times. But this is surely the final straw.
The British political class and the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition have given us a referendum on the alternative vote as part of this Act. But they refuse us the vote we need – a referendum on the latest insult to Cornwall – the Devon and Cornwall constituency.
However, we also have the perfect opportunity to commandeer their pointless referendum for our own purposes and transform it into a statement of Cornish resistance. Don’t just moan – spoil your ballot. Go to the polling station. Then write ‘No to Devonwall’ or ‘Yes to Cornwall’ or ‘Reject the sell-out’ or anything else you like on the voting paper.
Regain your self-respect. Stand up to the centralist machine and the pathetic politicians who have failed to prevent this despicable sell-out. You’ll feel a whole lot better for it afterwards.
Don’t believe those doubting Thomases and the defeatists who tell you that the Devonwall constituency is a done deal or that no-one will notice a few spoilt papers. This is untrue. The number of spoilt ballots is recorded and will become public information.
All we need are a few hundred people brave enough in Cornwall to stand up and be counted and this will register. It’s likely that turnout in this election in Cornwall will only be around 30% or perhaps far less. Normally, there would be mere handfuls of spoilt votes. Even a few hundred would be enough to make a significant impact and be a sign of Cornish disgust. And imagine the impact a few thousands would make.
Are you prepared to join this campaign of Cornish resistance? Do you care sufficiently to say, finally, enough is enough? If so, join us and spoil your paper.
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